Every Week People in Your Community Give Up a Little Time to Save Lives

Duane Kyle prepares to draw blood from Melissa Martel, who works for Environmental Health, on the bloodmobile in Old Town Thursday.

Duane Kyle prepares to draw blood from Melissa Martel, who works for Environmental Health, on the bloodmobile in Old Town Thursday. [All photos by Mark McKenna]

Every week in Humboldt County, multiple people save lives by donating blood which is then used in medical procedures. According to the Red Cross, one donation can save three lives.

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The Northern California Community Blood Bank was gathering donations at several locations yesterday including in Old Town Eureka.

Like Superman changing in a phone booth, yesterday, several ordinary people entered the Northern California Community Blood Bank Bloodmobile and emerged as lifesaving heroes.

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Melissa Martel, who said she donates fairly regularly, squeezes a stress ball to help blood flow for her donation.

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Duane Kyle prepares to insert the needle into Photographer Mark McKenna’s arm.

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Duane Kyle takes the samples that will be tested.

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Duane Kyle finishes up with a donation on the Bloodmobile in Old Town Eureka.

If you would like to save a life, here are the places and times available for donation during the next week.

January 11- Friday
 
Tri Counties Bank
1 pm – 6 pm
909 Main St
Fortuna
 
PLATELETS
Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department
Please call for an appointment
8:30 am – 1 pm
320 S Fortuna Blvd,  
Fortuna
 
Wal-Mart 
1 pm – 6 pm
900 E Washington Blvd
Crescent City
 
The Blood Bank
8 am – 4 pm
2524 Harrison Ave
Eureka
                                                                      
 
January 12- Saturday

PLATELETS
Fortuna Volunteer Fire Department
Please call for an appointment
8:30 am – 1 pm
320 S Fortuna Blvd,
Fortuna

The Blood Bank
​​PLATELETS
Please call for an appointment
8 am – 12 pm
2524 Harrison Ave
Eureka
                                                                      
 
January 14- Monday
 
Wildberries Marketplace
12 pm – 6 pm
747 13th St 
Arcata fb
 
PLATELETS
Del Norte Fair Grounds
Please call for an appointment
10 am – 2:30 pm
421 Hwy 101 North
Crescent City
 
Clark Complex
9 am – 3 pm
3015 H St
Eureka
 
The Blood Bank
10 am – 6 pm 
2524 Harrison Ave
Eureka
                                                                      

January 15- Tuesday
 
Safeway
12 pm – 6 pm
1555 City Center Rd
McKinleyville
 
PLATELETS
Del Norte Fair Grounds
Please call for an appointment
10 am – 2:30 pm
421 Hwy 101 North
Crescent City
 
Safeway
1 pm – 6 pm
476 M St
Crescent City
 
The Blood Bank
10 am – 6 pm 
2524 Harrison Ave
Eureka
                                                                      
 
January 16- Wednesday

Ray’s Food Place
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
2009 main St
Fortuna
 
Eureka VA Clinic
11 am – 4 pm
930 W Harris St
Eureka
 
The Blood Bank
Family Night
11 am – 7 pm 
2524 Harrison Ave
                                                                      
 
January 17- Thursday
 
Cal Trans
9 am – 3 pm
1656 Union St
Eureka fb
 
Scotia Community @ Hoby’s Market
12 pm – 6 pm
105 Main St
Scotia
 
Redwood National / State Parks 
10 am – 3 pm
Highway 101 North,
Orick fb
 
The Blood Bank
10 am – 6 pm 
2524 Harrison Ave
Eureka
                                                                      

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15 comments

  • They stuck my blood 5 times a year. Twice for my family three times for the people.

    • so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
      Matthew 6:4

      • Numbers 31:15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive?
        16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord.
        17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
        18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

        • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/aug/30/guatemala-experiments

          An article on scientific experiments that treated humans like disposable cattle- actually causing death and suffering in applying scientific method to the human condition. For injecting helpless people, without their knowledge, with fatal diseases to creating pathologic behavior in children to misinterpreted results, science has imposed evil on humanity.

          • The US Department of Public Health wasn’t setting out to do anything as abstract as “advance science,” they using science as a tool to understand and irradicate disease in the US. The people who carried out those experiments clearly violated the Hippocratic Oath and were punished.

            Without knowing the religions of the individuals involved, I don’t know what kind of conclusions you can draw about their religiosity and its relationship to their morality. I do know if they had tried to use religion as a tool to combat disease, they would have used exorcism and animal sacrifices.

            • Of course they were doing what they did exactly to “advance” science. But the examples of the evils never seems to restrain those who look at anti religion or religion websites to pick up what they think sound like weapons to attack. The point was of course that humans can and do misuse anything, science or religion alike, to harm others. Sometimes inadvertently, sometime deliberately. That does not convict either science or religion of being evil.

              The meanest, smallest use is to attack without recognizing that to belittle others. It always reveals the ugliest, most self centered nature of monomania.

          • ” . . . science has imposed evil on humanity.”

            $cience via bribe$ = Technocracy. By definition, Technocracy is the science of social engineering. Evil beyond . . .

  • When businesses make the opportunity for their employees to donate on company time, they too are doing a great service to the community and should be appreciated.

  • Too bad they dont check for spirochetes/lyme! I could go give blood but whomever gets it will get lyme&co-infections i carry.
    Just fyi. They only check for hiv.
    So many undiagnosed lyme folks all over country&theyre sprwading it thru infusions. Really look at the potential pathogens you can get from a transfusion, there are many not checked for in blood used for transfusions. Inform yourself before you give and before you get.

    • Hi there, there are currently no tests that can determine if antibiotics used to treat Lyme was effective. You can donate blood if you have had treatment and no symptoms currently. On that note, NO cases of Lyme disease has been linked to blood transfusion. Would you rather die or have an extremely slim chance of getting Lyme?

    • “Inform yourself before you give and before you get.” Good advice. Likewise, Educate Before You Vaccinate.

      If testing blood for pathogens is any indication of the way pesticides on anti-nature greenhouse grown facsimiles are tested . . . God help us.

  • I am a recipient of local blood donars, and want to thank all who give. You have helped save my life more than once. Thank you!!!

  • Ironically, I’m in the chair at the Blood Bank right now. Donating two units of platelets and one of plasma.
    If you’ve never donated, please do so

  • You can always donate at their building by St Joe’s too. I’ve been donating since I don’t know when. Nothing much to it, they’re good at the arm stick – of course I’ve been stuck for blood workups so many times I’m used to it – a few minutes in the chair, and THEN: FREE COOKIES and PASTRIES, with bottled water. Absolute guilty free sugar – got to build up that blood for next time. I recommend donating blood to everyone who has some. I’ve had no ill effects after any of my many donations. Give it a try.

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